propose




The verb propose means “to suggest a plan,” like the most well-known thing to propose: marriage. If you propose to your girlfriend, you propose getting married, and you probably give her a ring, too.

The word propose comes from the Old French root words pro, meaning “forth” and poser, meaning “put, place.” Using propose to refer to an offer of marriage was first recorded in the 1700s but the verb also has other meanings. It can mean to present for consideration or criticism, like proposing a four-day school week or “to nominate someone for an elected office or official post.”

Definitions of propose
  1. verb

    present for consideration, examination, criticism, etc.

    “He
    proposed a new plan for dealing with terrorism”
    “She
    proposed a new theory of relativity”
    synonyms:
    project
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    types:

    offer

    put forward for consideration
    introduce

    put before (a body)
    type of:

    plan

    make plans for something

  2. verb

    put forward; nominate for appointment to an office or for an honor or position

    synonyms:
    nominate
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    types:

    nominate, put forward, put up

    propose as a candidate for some honor
    type of:

    choose, pick out, select, take

    pick out, select, or choose from a number of alternatives

  3. verb

    propose or intend

    synonyms:
    aim, purport, purpose
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    type of:

    intend, mean, think

    have in mind as a purpose

  4. verb

    make a proposal, declare a plan for something

    “the senator
    proposed to abolish the sales tax”
    synonyms:
    advise, suggest
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    types:

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    advocate, recommend, urge

    push for something
    advance, throw out

    bring forward for consideration or acceptance
    proposition

    suggest sex to
    feed back

    respond to a query or outcome
    posit, put forward, state, submit

    put before
    make a motion, move

    propose formally; in a debate or parliamentary meeting
    type of:

    declare

    state emphatically and authoritatively

  5. verb

    ask (someone) to marry you

    “she
    proposed marriage to the man she had known for only two months”
    synonyms:
    declare oneself, offer, pop the question
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    type of:

    request

    ask (a person) to do something

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